Blyth Tall Ships Regatta

The bustling port town in South East Northumberland played host to the four-day long prestigious Tall Ships Regatta. Up to 30 of the largest and most spectacular ships in the world, some up to 100 metres long and decades old attended the event from Norway, Portugal, Belgium, Poland, the Netherlands and the UK before they finally depart on a 500 nautical mile race from Blyth to the Swedish port of Gothenburg.

The maritime celebration takes place during the 60th anniversary of the Tall Ships Races.

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Hunting through long grasses

From the crazy and chaotic traffic in Kenya’s capital Nairobi where the biggest vehicle and loudest horn rules the day to the red ochre dust covered roadsides with their brightly coloured shops and businesses scattered for miles along the endless routes to the vast expanse of the game reserves…

…to the poverty and people lying on the road sides asleep,

…to the children walking miles to reach school,

…to the sleek sided skyscrapers,

…to the motorbikes carrying three or more passengers or a cargo of chickens stacked in boxes,

…to the huge speed bumps before and after built-up areas scattered along the roads,

…to random police check points

…to the dark brooding storm clouds,

…to the clear morning views of Mount Kenya,

…to the long endless dusty roads stretching for miles out in front of you,

…to the hard sells and bargaining opportunities in the curio shops along the main tourist routes,

…to the Masai villages opened up to the traveller,

…to the sound of their voices as they sing their songs,

…to the noise, smells and colour that overloads the senses as you drive through busy towns and leaves you feeling overwhelmed after you pass through them,

…to the dusty unused rail tracks that lead to nowhere,

…to the hundreds of faces that stare back at you as you pass. Some with a smile, some with no interest, some with suspicion, some with animosity, many with curiosity,

…to the road side fruit sellers,

…to the street hawkers and beggars to the top end and sleek black-windowed 4×4’s,

…to the security checks in the malls and their shiny tiled floors,

…to the dangerous driving and the road safety warnings,

…to crown paint adverts and Coca Cola painted walls,

…to the market stalls and bags of fruit,

…to the banana, pineapple and mango plantations and the vast fields of wheat,

…to the coffee trees bending over when ready to drop,

…to the cold bottles of Tusker beer,

…to the sound of the crickets,

…to the open spaces and the oppressive tight streets,

…to the smells before the rain comes,

…to the smell as it rains,

…to the smells after the rain has been,

…to the smell of the soil,

…to the diesel-fume spilling trucks lumbering up the Rift Valley escarpment,

…to the smells of cooking meat coming from the choma,

…to the breeze blowing through the branches of the Acacia,

…to the warm towels on arrival at the lodges to the chilly morning sunrises,

…to the painted wall murals and the smell of timber yards,

…to the long-drop toilets and the sound of hyenas at night,

…to drifting over the Mara River in a basket under a balloon,

…to the quiet forests and the traffic jam symphony of horns in Nairobi,

…to elephants trumpeting,

…and the sounds of a leopard hunting through tall grasses.

 

Kenya might not be for everyone and I’ve made several trips there with work over the years but now after this latest trip outside of my former work, I’ve realised even more what an amazingly chaotic, contradictory and beautiful place it is on many levels. Mesmerising, addictive and frustrating in equal measures it offers much for the visitor. But for the photographer…? Well for the photographer it offers a wealth of picture opportunities whatever your photographic interests. So if you get the chance to go then take it. If you need to take out a ridiculously large loan that will take ages to repay (as I did!!) then go for that too.

You won’t regret it.

 

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Centre of the Community

Following an announcement by the Chancellor George Osborne last year where he revealed his plans to stop the current NHS bursary for a student loan system from September 2017 a small but vocal group of student nurses, midwives and their supporters held a rally against the cuts in Middlesbrough this afternoon.

For the trainee nurses and midwives in the northeast region the cuts would leave them with up to £50,000 worth of debt while working up to 37.5 hours a week without a wage.

The NHS bursary previously covered course fees and helped with living costs for things such as childcare.

The rally in Middlesbrough was also attended by Tom Blenkinsop, the Labour MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, Anna Turley, the Labour MP for Redcar and Labour MP for Middlesbrough, Andy McDonald.

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Sunderland International Air Show – 2015

Running over three days on and above the seafronts at Roker and Seaburn on the north east coast of England the Sunderland International Air show is the largest free airshow in Europe and brings together an impressive display of aircraft from across the world to entertain the thousands of visitors who are expected to attend the annual event.

Below are a few pictures from when I went along on Saturday…

 

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Cattle wash here

The Stokesley Agricultural Show remains one of the biggest one-day shows to be held in the north of England. Attracting entrants from all over the country who come to enter their animals into the different categories of livestock, horses and other events for judging.

Dating back to 1859 the show has ran every year apart from during the two world wars and continues to be one of the key events in the show calendar.

 

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The Great North Passion

The Great North Passion event held today, Good Friday, in Bents Park in South Shields, England involved the telling of the Easter Passion story by collaborating with local artists who were commissioned to transform metal shipping containers into artistic works reflecting many regions and issues from around the northeast. The 60 containers were then placed in the shape of a giant crucifix in the Park where the public were invited to explore the installation and enjoy the occasion.

The hour-long event brought in thousands of spectators to enjoy the show which featured performances by Alexandra Burke.

 

 

Great North PassionBents Park crucifix

Great North PassionSpectators arrive to watch the show

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Great North PassionArtwork on one of the shipping containers

Great North PassionArtwork on one of the shipping containers

Great North PassionCrowds watch the performance

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Great North PassionZororai Gundu from the ‘Women of African Origin’ choir

Great North PassionWatching the event

Great North PassionReverend Jim Craig

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Great North PassionHenry Howard from the Retired Fisherman’s Mission in North Shields

Great North PassionEnjoying the show

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Great North PassionAlexandra Burke singing at the event

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Great North PassionAlexandra Burke singing at the event

Great North PassionThe ‘Women of African Origin’ choir get ready to sing

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Great North PassionFern Britton and Alexandra Burke

Great North PassionTheo Craig, 8, adds the finishing touches to one of the art installation containers

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